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Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by religious groups

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by religious groups

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil

Salmaan Taseer’s condolence reference – Liberals surmount threats by clerics

KARACHI – A large number of people from all walks of life including trade unionists, politicians, journalists, nationalists and doctors attended a condolence reference in remembrance of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) House on Tuesday.
The reference was arranged by Citizens for Democracy – a joint network of several non-governmental organisations, professional bodies, independent journalists, trade unions, rights organisations, civil

Turks see US, Israel as top threats: poll

ANKARA – The United States and Israel top the list of countries that Turks see as a threat, according to an opinion poll seen by AFP on Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the Ankara-based Metropoll research company last month, found that 42.6 percent saw the United States as “the greatest external threat,” with another 23.7 percent singling out Israel.
Turkey’s eastern neighbour Iran ranked third, listed by three percent of the respondants, while another neighbour and

Iraqis defy threats to pack massacre church on Xmas

BAGHDAD – Hundreds of Christians packed Our Lady of Salvation for Christmas church mass on Saturday, defying threats of attacks less than two months after militants massacred worshippers and priests there.
Security was extremely tight, with forces armed with pistols and assault rifles guarding the area, and a 10-foot high (three-metre) concrete wall topped with gleaming razor wire surrounding the church. All cars coming into the area were searched, and worshippers were patted

Xmas joy mixed with threats for Mideast Christians

BAGHDAD: Christians in the Middle East prepared Friday to celebrate Christmas, some in fear of attacks against their community, as in Iraq, and others in the most discreet way possible, as in Saudi Arabia.
For Iraq’s battered Christian community, threats of attacks from Al-Qaeda and mourning for the victims of an October massacre at a Baghdad church have turned a normally festive season into one of fear and sadness. Many mass gatherings in Iraq were cancelled on Friday, and

Seoul to go ahead with fire drill despite North’s threats

YEONPYEONG ISLAND – South Korea vowed on Saturday to go ahead with a live-fire drill on a border island bombarded by North Korea last month, despite the North’s threat to strike back hard.
“There is no change in our stance with regards to the live-fire exercise,” a defence ministry spokesman told AFP. On Yeonpyeong, focus of the latest flare-up which has sparked regional alarm, propaganda balloons were launched Saturday — but no artillery shells.
The one-day firing training

TI Pakistan head ‘receives death threats’

ISLAMABAD: The head of Pakistan’s branch of global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International said on Tuesday he had received death threats for exposing the “misdeeds” of the government.
“I have received death threats,” Syed Adil Gilani told AFP by telephone from his Karachi office, but declined to name those who had issued the threats.
“They are calling me anti-state and a foreign agent,” he said, adding, “We are exposing misdeeds of government officials”. The head

Blasphemy convict’s family goes into hiding after death threats

ISLAMABAD: The family of Asiya Noreen, the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, has gone into hiding because of death threats, they said on Wednesday.
Politicians and conservative clerics are at loggerheads on whether President Asif Ali Zardari should pardon Asiya, a mother of five. Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti told reporters that Asiya’s family had been forced to flee their home but declined to say where they were staying

Zardari House under security blanket following Taliban threats

ISLAMABAD: Following the gruesome bomb blast at the CID building in Karachi on Thursday, security has been further tightened around Zardari House, located in the heart of metropolis in sector F-8/3 following Taliban warnings of attacking the premises.
Well-placed sources said the entire street had been declared a “Red Zone” and no one would be allowed to enter the premises without methodical checking. It was also learnt that following the Taliban threats, all kinds of political

Haider quits international cricket over death threats

LAHORE: Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider on Tuesday announced his retirement from international cricket after abandoning the team and flying to London, saying he had received death threats.
The 24-year-old on Monday failed to report in Dubai for Pakistan’s one-day international against South Africa. The latest scandal to hit the country’s national game follows a slew of spot and match-fixing allegations, and disciplinary problems.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

‘Pamphlet wars’ over alleged threats to PUASA VP threaten JI’s hold on Punjab University

LAHORE: The days of the political hegemony of the pro-Islami Jamiat Taliba and Jamaat-e-Islami-led Academic Group seems to be over after its members developed an internal rift over the issue of the life-threats received by Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) Vice President Dr Abdul Ghaffar, an active member of the group.
The Academic Group was the most powerful group in the university with the majority of teachers backing it in the university’s electoral

PU Geography Dept chairman claims death threats from faculty

LAHORE: Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Punjab University (PU) Geography Department chairman and PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) vice president, has demanded the varsity administration to take action against certain elements after receiving life threats from some PU employees, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Some PU faculty members, including PUASA members, had given life threats to Ghaffar, as they wanted some favours and concessions from the geography department chairman. Certain people

Currency tensions persist amid threats

Beijing: Recriminations over currencies echoed worldwide on Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke, whose loose monetary policies are blamed by China and others for destabilising capital flows.
Beijing kept up the heat on the United States, saying Washington should not make China a scapegoat for its own problems by constantly pressing for a swifter rise in the yuan.
Speaking hours before the US Treasury Department is due to deliver its semi-annual

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